Team

The MedGardens team is small and agile; determined and thorough; empathetic and always accessible.

José Escaño

José Escaño

Project Coordinator | MedGardens.org

Son of the Balearic Sea, biological oceanographer, climate activist and marine conservationist with 7+ years of experience in the yacht and recreational diving industry.

  
Tati Benjumea

Tati Benjumea

Marine Biologist | MedGardens.org

Experienced seafarer, marine biologist and a lover of all creatures, especially those in salt water.

  
Fiona Tomas

Fiona Tomas

Scientific Advisor | MedGardens.org

PhD. Ecology working for better understanding the processes and mechanisms that regulate the structure and functioning of marine benthic systems, with particular emphasis on how human activities transform them.

Core Contributors

MedGardens could not operate if it wasn’t for the talented core contributors, all aligned in using science and cooperation to build for coastal communities.

Elena Jaume

Elena Jaume

Project Coordinator | Cleanwave.org

Native Mallorcan, in love with the island and its natural beauty. Committed to respecting and protecting the natural world and transmitting these values to those around her.

Line Hadsbjerg

Line Hadsbjerg

Founder | Cleanwave Foundation

Passionate storyteller, writer and filmmaker. Dedicated to social justice and environmental restoration.

  
Philipp Baier

Philipp Baier

Founder

Lover of the ocean. Passionate about living life to the fullest. Dedicated to preserving the natural world.

  
Diana Adam

Diana Adam

Administration | Cleanwave Foundation

As reliable as arithmetic. Embraces life with energy, humour and pragmatism.

Max Lebigre

Max Lebigre

Multimedia | Cleanwave Foundation

Filmmaker, passionate about our blue planet and dedicated to telling stories to help preserve it.

  
Pilar Gómez

Pilar Gómez

Project Coordinator | Cleanwave Education

Positive educator, full of creativity. Lover of life, good energy and passion.

Monika Linnenbecker

Monika Linnenbecker

Graphic Designer | Cleanwave Foundation

Graphic designer. Photographer. Optimist. Nature lover. 

  
Antonio Ruiz Salgado

Antonio Ruiz Salgado

Environmental Lawyer | RuizSalgado.es

Lawyer and mediator, specialized in administrative and environmental law. In his more than 20 years of professional practice, he has developed a firm commitment to improve human institutions and organizations so that he can improve the relationship between the social and ecological systems.

  

Contributors

Special thanks to everyone who added strategic value to this ecosocial entrepreneurship.

Adriana Vergès

Adriana Vergès

PhD. Ecology | UNSW & Sydney Institute of Marine Science

Mediterranean marine ecologist, originally from Barcelona and now settled in Sydney, Australia. Passionate about developing solutions-focused scientific research to regenerate our coastlines working with local communities.

  
Giulia Ferretto

Giulia Ferretto

PhD. Candidate | UNSW

Marine biologist made in Italy, seagrass enthusiast and seeker of solutions to improve marine biodiversity.

  
Macu Férriz

Macu Férriz

Coordinator | ICTIB

© Martin Colognoli Screenshot 2021 03 22 at 10.09.26

Story & History

MedGardens arises as an initiative to complement the rest of the actions that aim to mitigate the loss of marine biodiversity and the impacts of climate change.

Half of the 5000+ existing marine reserves are today threatened or poorly managed, many of them today named paper reserves because although they have a legal form, in reality conservation actions are not effective.

The economic crisis puts at risk models that until now worked well while grass-roots community-driven initiatives have proven to be economically affordable while boosting the local economy.

Furthermore, when conservation is not enough and a habitat has already suffered degradation, it is necessary to carry out ecological restoration actions.

MedGardens proposes restoring marine habitats that have been degraded and activating shared stewardship by fostering environmentally friendly uses, a viable and scalable model that is easy to apply.

Cleanwave Foundation is a promoter of community projects that provide conservation, protection and regeneration of land and sea in the Balearic Islands.

MedGardens is an initiative of the Cleanwave Foundation and they share the vision of being a global benchmark for regenerative living.

The project was designed by José Escaño in June 2020, with the support of Fiona Tomas and Tatí Benjumea, who joined as scientific team in September 2020. Several key inspirational and advisory individuals and entities contributed to the development of the MedGardens community and scientific strategies.

Together with the founding team of Cleanwave Foundation, an initial capital of € 40k was obtained in November 2020, today we continue to raise funds from different public and private sources.

From October 2020 to the end of 2021, four pilot marine restoration nodes are being deployed around the coast of Mallorca.